CALFIRE’s Fire and Resource Assessment Program (FRAP) is requesting your input to help select indicators to be used in the upcoming 2015 California Forest and Rangeland Assessment. The overarching framework will conform to the seven Montreal Process Criteria for the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Temperate and Boreal Forests (see http://www.montrealprocess.org/documents/publications/general/2009p_4.pdf). The best indicators for our purposes will be those which accurately reflect and help track the status and trends of important issues and processes on all of California’s forests and rangelands. We are asking for your assistance to draft a set of indicators most appropriate for these purposes. To get started, go here to register: http://indicators.ucdavis.edu/forest/user/register.
After registering, you will see a survey-type form on the bottom of the web page for each candidate indicator. Ratings can then be selected from 1 (unimportant) to 5 (very important), and comments can be added in each text box on the same screen. In addition, if you would like to add an indicator that you do not see on the candidate list, you are welcome to 1) peruse the longer lists of candidate indicators for forest and rangelands posted on this site (http://indicators.ucdavis.edu/forest/indicators) and select one there; or 2) simply fill in the indicator name, description and any citation or link available in the comment box.
The list below includes candidate indicators for the next Assessment. The list was selected by the staff at FRAP from a larger list developed by Dr. Fraser Shilling at U C Davis (http://indicators.ucdavis.edu/forest/indicators). They are divided up into categories that match the subjects to be covered in the 2015 report. Once you register and log in, we ask that you evaluate the set(s) of indicators of most interest to you.
Please give us your suggestions for the best indicators by January 5th, 2015. At that time we will collate and read all responses received through the web-based surveys. With your input, we will then draft a set of recommended indicators for the 2015 Assessment. The draft list will be reviewed by executives at CAL FIRE, and by the Board of Forestry, and then finalized. Thank you very much for your time and consideration in this process, and we hope to have your submissions soon.
Population Growth and Urban Development
This chapter deals primarily with the effects of urban area expansion and population increase on forest and rangelands.
This chapter describes forest condition and structure, logging and forestry, and forest planning and management.
This chapter includes discussion of the biological, physical, and chemical impacts of grazing on rangelands and the social and economic benefits and impacts of rangeland management.
Community Wildfire Threats
This chapter describes ways that naturally-occurring and human-set wildfires affect people and communities in forested and rangeland areas.
Wildfire in Natural Systems
This section includes indicators for fire ecology (e.g., how often fires occur) and effects on natural systems.
Forest Pests, Invasive Plants, and Air Quality
This chapter discusses native and non-native insects and diseases that can injure or kill trees and forests. It also talks about ways that air quality affects forests.
This chapter describes indicators for water and aquatic ecosystems.
This chapter discusses ways to measure the consequences of growing trees in urban areas.
This chapter describes ways that new and emerging markets that use and affect forest and rangeland products can be measured.
Sustainable Rural Economies
This chapter provides indicators of economic and social conditions in rural communities in and near forest and rangeland areas.
This chapter provides indicators of biodiversity, wildlife and their habitat in forests and rangelands.
Green Infrastructure: Open Space and Recreation
This chapter provides measures of the open space and park amenities and benefits that forests and rangelands can provide.
This chapter provides indicators of the effects of climate change on California's climate, forests, and rangelands.